Together the 2 are house to 1,300 animals, together with 400 of the world’s rarest and endangered species. The Foundation, whose mission is to halt their extinction and return animals to the wild the place doable, licenses the parks alongside its work in Africa and Asia the place it funds and manages safety tasks in Congo, Gabon, Java and Madagascar.
It additionally gives assist to different schemes together with these in India and Cambodia.
Port Lympne safari park additionally includes a assortment of lodgings together with a historic resort and company can get pleasure from settings similar to its Lion Lodge and the lately bought 15th century Giraffe Hall.
Both UK websites provide bars and eating places, closed now too due to COVID-19 which suggests the Foundation lacking out on not less than a number of the peak customer season which lasts till October half-term.
The CBIL scheme was one of many first issues the enterprise turned too when its revenue dried up. Credit approval got here via inside three weeks and the mortgage drawn down in 4 days.
Tony Kelly, The Aspinall Foundation’s managing director, mentioned: “Protecting endangered animals is on the core of the Foundation, and we had been decided to not let the COVID-19 pandemic get in the best way of our mission.
“When money stream floor to a halt in probably the most worthwhile season for our animal parks, we approached our Barclays relationship director for assist who delivered what we would have liked within the timescale promised.
“The £2 million CBIL mortgage will assist be sure that the 1300 animals throughout each our websites nonetheless get fed and watered, and ensures that we will keep on paying our devoted animal keepers.
“Our essential precedence proper now’s ensuring our treasured animals get the care they want, and that the Foundation can keep on repatriating them to the wild when that is throughout.”
Mike Saul, hospitality and leisure head for Barclays Corporate Banking, added: “We are working closely with clients to provide the vital funding they need and we look forward to the park re-opening its doors and helping Tony and the Foundation continue on their upward trajectory from the start of the year.”